Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Kirsten began her ballet training with the Olympic Ballet Theatre under the direction of John and Helen Wilkins. In 1998 she became a member of the company which allowed her to go on tour, performing throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. She has performed in Don Quixote, Peter and the Wolf, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker as well as many new works. Kirsten also received training from the Boston Ballet, The Rock-Philadelphia Ballet, Walla Walla Dance and Salt Lake City’s Ballet School. In 2003 Kirsten became a member of Impact, a hip-hop dance group based in Seattle which inspired her to begin teaching hip-hop to children in the Dominican Republic over her summers. In 2006 Kirsten received her B.A. in Communication as well as minors in Dance and Women’s studies from the University of Washington. While in school Kirsten co-founded and soon became president of the University Ballet Company. In 2006 she moved to Chattanooga to work at a college ministry at UTC. This is Kirsten’s ninth season with Chattanooga Ballet.